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IFA pilot quiz — firsts before and after the Wrights

from I Fly America

We in aviation usually think of the Wright Brothers as the first to fly. They were the first to fly a controllable, heavier-than-air vehicle. However, there were many other firsts before and after the Wrights. How many do you know?

1. The first free flight by humans was made by Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes in a balloon. Peak altitude was 500 feet and they traveled about 5.5 miles in 20 minutes. When was this first flight?
    a. 1783
    b. 1801
    c. 1860
2. Who was the first woman to fly in a balloon?
    a. German actress Helga Schultz
    b. American suffragette Mary Chandler
    c. French opera singer Mme. Thible
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